The fertile agricultural lands that stretch outward from the South Platte River to the prime grasslands have made Logan County one of the leading agricultural producers in the state. While the economy is still largely reliant on agriculture; manufacturing, energy, and business services have emerged as dominant forces. These sectors, combined with the City of Sterling’s “commerce hub” status, have diversified Logan County’s economy and work force. Tallgrass Energy completed the Pony Express Pipeline in 2015, from Weld County to Logan County, with capacity for 90,000 crude oil barrels a day and a pump station near Sterling. Colorado recently passed a Renewable Energy Standard requiring 30% renewable energy by 2020. Logan County has 527 wind turbines in operation. The largest – the 400 megawatt Peetz Table Wind Energy Center is owned by NextEra Energy. Colorado Highlands, owned by Alliance Power, generates 91 MW with 56 turbines near Fleming. Spring Canyon, owned by Invenergy, is a 60 MW development in Peetz with 35 turbines. See the video of the Peetz “wind farm’s” construction:
The State of Colorado’s first commercial ethanol plant is located in Sterling. The building of Sykes Enterprises 350 employee customer support center led to state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure in Sterling in the late 1990’s. Our businesses and residents have access to quality national and regional carriers for phone, broadband, and television services. Two major interstate natural gas pipelines cross the County with the East Cheyenne Natural Gas Storage facility located nearby. Goods manufactured in Logan County include farming tools and motors, oil and gas well drilling equipment, equipment for feeding livestock, scales and weighing machines, truck beds, flatbed trailers, trailers for hauling cars and carnival rides.
It is not surprising that several distributors of industrial equipment and supplies, steel fabricators and machine shops are also located in Logan County. Growth in manufacturing has also attracted the attention of retailers and other service businesses. The City of Sterling is the commercial and retail hub for the Northeastern Colorado and the Nebraska Panhandle, with a mix of healthy Main Street and new commercial development.
All of this speaks of the high quality of the work force and the attractiveness of the community for people to come live and work in.
Home Depot and Walmart Supercenter – The Home Depot Corporation operates a 123,700 square foot home improvement center located in Sterling’s West Main Street commercial center. Walmart completed a major store remodel in summer 2015.
High Plains Shopping Center and Applewood Center – High Plains includes well-known businesses like Famous Footwear which opened in 2014. Anytime Fitness opened a 24 x 7 facility in Applewood in summer 2015.
Broadway Plaza – The core tenants of Bedford Furniture, JC Penny’s and Sears plus restaurants and other services make this north Sterling shopping area a key location for our residents.
Banner Health – increased Logan County’s over 1,000 health care employees base through the opening of the additional clinic on West Main in 2015. This is an extension to the primary campus in South Sterling. See Heathcare.
Sterling Ethanol, LLC – A 42 million gallon per year ethanol production facility.
Nichols Tillage Tools – installed state of the art computer drafting and design equipment in 2015.
Trinidad Benham – invested a significant amount of effort and capital in redesigning and refurbishing a facility. Known for beans, rice and popcorn, they are a major employer.
Industrial Welding Services – has significantly increased its employee base in the last two years and added much needed working space to its manufacturing facility in Logan County.
Kentec Communications – continues to expand its fiber optic services.